For his Resurrection Fighting Alliance debut this past June, former Bellator MMA welterweight Nick Barnes was able to step into a new promotion and have a solid performance, building off the win he picked up to cap off last year.
Against Jose Diaz, Barnes was able to pick up a unanimous decision victory. And while he’s pleased with the win, Barnes believes that just winning isn’t always good enough.
“It was definitely a tough fight,” Barnes said to MMAWeekly.com. “I really wanted to keep it standing with (Lopez). I moved around and tried to feel him out a little bit.
“I’m always happy with a W; the win is always awesome. I am the kind of guy who likes to finish fights, so it kind of bummed me out that I wasn’t able to finish it and had to go to a decision.”
Barnes (11-1) will look to pick up his first major championship when he returns to the RFA on Friday in Broomfield, Colorado, to take on Brian Camozzi (6-2) in a 170-pound title fight in the RFA 43 main event.
“Camozzi is a tall guy, he looks like he’s a kickboxer, and he loves his range and working his kicks,” said Barnes. “So I’m definitely going to be looking to make sure my defense is up. I have good footwork. I want to work on my angles and my quick in-and-out motions.”
Coming from sea level in California, stepping up to the mile high altitude of Colorado could present a problem for Barnes, but he feels he’s sufficiently prepared for the task.
“The elevation is definitely going to be a factor,” Barnes said. “(Camozzi has) got the advantage of living up there. I am coming from San Diego, so my focus this whole camp has primarily been working on my cardio.
“I’ve been making sure I do all the things I can to strengthen my lungs. I know I probably won’t beat his cardio, so now my main goal this camp was to make sure my body still moving when I’m tired.”
Winning a title in the RFA could be a big boost to Barnes’ career. And while he’s trying to put the chance of moving up to a bigger show out of his mind, he admits that it’s added motivation for picking up the win on Friday night.
“I would like to say that I always take fights one fight at a time,” he said. “I don’t like looking ahead. I really want to put all my focus into Brian, and whatever happens, happens after that.
“I feel like the RFA is a great opportunity to make a name for yourself, and you have a high opportunity going up to the UFC and everything. I do want to focus on Brian, but I do feel that if this goes my way, I will have a great chance of going on to those bigger shows.”